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University of Missouri-Columbia

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Academics

The University of Missouri-Columbia is located in Columbia, Missouri. This research university opened in 1839 as the first public institution of higher learning located west of the Mississippi River. This university is the largest university in the state of Missouri. The University of Missouri-Columbia is the flagship of the 4 universities in the University of Missouri System. This university is the only university in Missouri that is a member of the Association of American Universities and one of only 34 public universities that are currently members.

The University of Missouri-Columbia is one of six universities that house a veterinary medicine school, a school of law, and a medical school on the same campus. The university is also the home of the first school of journalism in the world. The school opened in 1908. The largest university research reactor in the United States is The Missouri Research Reactor Center, which is located in the MU Research Park.

The School consists of several colleges and schools that include College of Arts and Science, College of Education, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; School of Law, School of Medicine, College of Engineering, Graduate School, School of Journalism, Trulaske College of Business, Sinclair School of Nursing, College of Veterinary Medicine, School of Social Work, School of Music, School of Health Professions, School of Accountancy, College of Human Environmental Sciences, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs, and School of Natural Resources.

A few of the departments within the colleges and schools are the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Marketing, Department of Journalism Studies, Department of Agricultural Education, Department of Animal Science, and the Department of Biochemistry.

The University of Missouri-Columbia offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 280 degree programs. The University of Missouri-Columbia offers online degrees in undergraduate and graduate areas such as journalism, library science, nursing, education, architectural studies, and heath management and informatics.

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Admissions

The university has a very selective admission process for incoming freshman. Students’ high school courses and ACT or SAT scores greatly influence admission into this university. Currently, a student’s high school coursework must consist of 4 units of English, one speech or debate course and two writing or composition emphasized courses; 4 units of math, Algebra or higher; 3 units of social studies, 2 units of foreign language, the same language; and 1 unit of fine arts. Students currently need a composite ACT score of 24 or higher and a combined SAT score of 1090 or higher on math and critical reading. Students who do not meet the criteria for admission may enter on a trial basis and take six college credit hours during the summer and earn a “C” or higher in order to enroll during the fall semester on academic probation.

Freshmen who wish to enroll in the Honors College currently must score a 29 or higher on the ACT and graduate in the top 10 percent in high school or earn a 3.710 GPA from a non-ranking high school.

International students need to submit academic transcripts, transfer authorization, a note about the family’s name, and proof of financial support. Students must also submit TOEFL scores if English is not the first language.

Those who desire to enter graduate school must submit an official mark sheet or transcript, standardized test scores (GMAT, GRE, MAT, etc.), and IELTS or TOEFL scores (international students). The additional information required for admission into the School of Law, School of Medicine, and College of Veterinary Medicine includes two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a resume. The application deadlines vary by school or college so check the University of Missouri-Columbia’s website for specific deadline dates.

Financial Aid

The first step in the financial aid process is completing the FAFSA form to determine eligibility. The deadline to complete FAFSA forms is early March. Financial aid types include scholarships, grants, loans, and Federal Work Study. Completing the FAFSA form early offers the best opportunity for financial aid.

There are a number of scholarships that students may qualify for such as scholarships for international students, transfer students, continuing undergraduates, first-time college students who reside inside and outside of Missouri, and graduate and professional students. There are also a number of other scholarships that students may qualify for based of certain criteria. Students may also want to complete the MU Annual Scholarship application that qualifies students for automatic scholarships. This application considers students automatically for scholarships upon receiving admission into the university. Students can find the application on the University of Missouri-Columbia’s website under scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3375th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

The University of Missouri-Columbia has 23 residential halls on campus and leases three off-campus sites. The off campus sites include Campus Lodge Apartments, True Scholars House, and Campus View Apartments. A few of the on campus sites include Hawthorn Hall, Laws Hall, Discovery Hall, College Avenue Hall, Mark Twain Hall, and Jones Hall. Many of these residential halls offer learning communities and interests groups to interested students. The programs aim is to ensure student success while living on campus.

The fraternities and sororities on the campus of University of Missouri-Columbia are among the largest Greek life systems in the nation. The east and west portions of the campus is where students can find the Greek Life housing. There are over 50 national social sororities and fraternities on campus. Many of these Greek groups live in historical multi-million dollar residences. A notable accomplishment is that the University of Missouri-Columbia is that it is home to the first chapter of a current national fraternity founded west of the Mississippi at a public institution.

In the East Campus Area, students can find Beta Sigma Psi, Sigma Chi, Alpha Gamma Rho, Sigma Nu, and Kappa Alpha Order in a Greek Row. Most of the Greek organizations are located east of Memorial Stadium. Other sororities and fraternities on the campus include Alpha Delta Pi, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Chi Omega, FarmHouse, Pi Kappa, Delta Upsilon, Alpha Tau Omega, and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

There are many groups and activities on campus that students can enjoy. One of the most exciting days of the year is Tap Day. During this annual ceremony, the names of the members of the six secret societies are revealed. The ceremony first started in 1926 and takes place at the base of the columns on Francis Quadrangle.

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Athletics

The University of Missouri-Columbia participates in the NCAA Division I and is part of the Big 12 conference. The school’s colors are black and gold, and the mascot is Truman the Tiger. The sports teams at the university consist of wrestling, track, tennis, volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, cross country, softball, football, golf, gymnastics, and swimming and diving.

The university has quite a few amazing athletic facilities, including Mizzou Arena, men’s and women’s basketball; Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field, football; Hearnes Center, volleyball, wrestling, gymnastics, and track and field; Mizzou Athletics Training Complex, strength and conditioning; Audrey J.Watson Stadium, soccer and track and field; Mizzou Aquatics Center, swimming; Taylor Stadium/Simmon Field, baseball; University Field, softball; A.L. Gustin Golf Course, golf and cross country; Green Tennis Center, tennis; and Devine Pavilion, football.

The University of Missouri’s football team is the only school in the state that participates in the NCAA Division I Football Subdivision (FBS). The university is also the only school in the state that participates in the NCAA Division I.

One of the most fascinating football games in the school’s history took place on November 24, 2007. The game was against the team’s biggest rival, Kansas University. The Missouri football team defeated the Kansas University in a 36-28 victory at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Missouri was subsequently ranked #1 in the country, but later lost the Big 12 Championship in San Antonio, Texas, to Oklahoma in a 38-17 loss.

The men’s basketball team is noteworthy as well. The team has 22 NCAA tournament appearances. The basketball team has 15 conference championships and an undefeated season in 1994. In 2009, the men’s basketball team defeated Baylor and won its only Big 12 Championship.

Notable athletes who attended the university include Justin Smith, defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers; Hans Uldal, 2004 Olympic Games competitor; Roger Wehrli, 2007 inductee into the Hall of Fame; Max Scherzer, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers; Kareem Rush, NBA player for the Philadelphia 76ers; Gene Snitsky, WWE wrestler; Jeremy Maclin wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles; and Mark Ellis, MMA fighter.

Traditions

The Tiger Walk is one the traditions at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The event is held each fall semester in the Quad. This is the official welcome to all of the new students on campus. During this event, the students mix and mingle together. The four pillars of success, Discovery, Respect, Responsibility, and Excellence. Students march through the Quad and between any of the six columns (remnants of the burned down Academic Hall) toward Jesse Hall. This march symbolizes the students’ promise to leave the community and return as better individuals.

Bibliography

  • University of Missouri-Columbia. 15 April 2011. Web. 15 April 2011.
  • English, Earl. Journalism Education at the University of Missouri Columbia.Marceline: Walsworth Publishing, 1989. Print.
  • Richardson, Steve. Then Pinkel Said to Smith: The Best Missouri Tigers Stories Ever Told.Chicago: Triumph Books, 2008. Print.

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Ranks 7th in Missouri and 407th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Missouri and 322nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 31 0.09
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 19 0.06
Robbery 7 0.02
Arson 1 0.00
Burglary 27 0.08
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 6 0.02
Arrest 392 1.16

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 377 0.35
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.00
Forcible Rape 37 0.03
Robbery 166 0.15
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 798 0.73
Larceny 3,323 3.05
Vehicle theft 142 0.13

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2904

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 787th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $8,220 $8,220 $22,569
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,195 $1,195 $1,195
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $274 $274 $752
FT Graduate Tuition $8,213 $8,213 $21,206
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,078 $1,078 $1,078
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $342 $342 $884
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,943 $22,943 $37,292
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $10,361 $10,361 $24,710
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,361 $10,361 $24,710

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $26,935 $53,629
Medical Degree — Required Fees $2,404 $2,404
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $20,067 $49,114
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $1,181 $1,181
Law Degree — Tuition $17,748 $34,557
Law Degree — Required Fees $1,155 $1,155

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,989 $9,257 $8,989 $9,257 $21,784 $23,366
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,086 $930
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,643 $8,944
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,156 $3,256
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$55
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 20,956 (9,430 male / 11,526 female)
Admitted 16,473 (7,360 male / 9,113 female)
Admission rate 79%
First-time Enrollment 6,194 (2,909 male / 3,285 female)
FT Enrollment 6,060 (2,828 male / 3,232 female)
PT Enrollment 134 (81 male / 53 female)
Total Enrollment34,616

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southeastern Conference

ACT Test Admission

276th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 94%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 29
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28

SAT Test Admission

217th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 8%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 640
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 650
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1040 / 1290

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity7,266
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,836
Board Fee$3,450

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 448 432 145 165 27 6,008 191 7,495
Accounting 17 10 2 2 233 4 268
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 2 2
Agricultural Business and Management, General 2 1 45 48
Agricultural Communication/Journalism 5 5
Agricultural Economics 3 24 27
Agricultural Mechanization, General 45 45
Agricultural Teacher Education 37 37
Agriculture, General 1 21 1 24
Animal Sciences, General 1 4 1 2 4 84 1 98
Anthropology 1 38 3 43
Apparel and Textiles, General 11 1 4 49 3 68
Applied Mathematics, General 2 1 3
Archeology 2 18 20
Area Studies, Other 2 10 5 7 76 2 104
Art/Art Studies, General 1 7 3 1 50 2 65
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General 29 1 30
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 1 55 2 61
Biochemistry 4 2 5 1 50 5 68
Biological/Biosystems Engineering 1 2 2 3 1 40 5 54
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 18 7 25 2 232 8 296
Business/Commerce, General 60 38 4 18 1 617 16 755
Chemical Engineering 13 2 2 38 3 58
Chemistry, General 4 28 1 34
Civil Engineering, General 16 3 77 1 97
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 1 21 2 25
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other 1 11 12
Community Organization and Advocacy 1 1
Computer Engineering, General 9 3 2 11 25
Computer and Information Sciences, General 19 2 1 33 1 56
Conservation Biology 1 1 2
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 8 4 1 58 1 72
Curriculum and Instruction 10 11 5 5 1 319 12 367
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 17 1 19
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 2 15 1 21
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce 1 1
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 18 19
Economics, General 20 1 2 3 32 2 60
Education, General 3 3
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism 15 16
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 6 1 2 53 2 66
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 35 3 1 38 2 79
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 1 116 120
Engineering, General 7 1 8
English Language and Literature, General 15 4 4 1 115 4 147
Exercise Physiology 4 4
Family Resource Management Studies, General 7 5 40 1 53
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 1 1 1 12 15
Food Science 4 1 22 2 29
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 3 3 6 2 82 2 99
Forestry, General 21 3 25
French Language and Literature 1 2 1 5 10
General Studies 1 20 4 2 94 1 124
Geography 5 3 32 1 41
Geology/Earth Science, General 3 14 1 18
German Language and Literature 1 14 15
Gerontology
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 1 1 9 1 12
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 1 27 4 6 1 233 2 282
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 4 2 2 1 27 2 38
History, General 1 1 3 84 2 92
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 2 10 1 4 103 1 122
Housing and Human Environments, General 5 1 1 32 2 41
Human Development and Family Studies, General 1 9 1 59 1 71
Industrial Engineering 12 2 1 1 27 2 47
Information Technology 3 2 1 29 35
Journalism 37 30 14 17 4 454 19 577
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 22 1 23
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other 7 11 2 1 31 3 55
Linguistics 1 9 1 11
Mathematics, General 5 1 27 2 36
Mechanical Engineering 17 5 1 3 112 3 142
Medical Informatics 7 1 5 14
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 4 20 25
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 22 5 1 72 102
Multicultural Education
Music, General 5 3 37 47
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 1 1 34 1 39
Neuroscience 1 3 1 5
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 5 1 6
Nuclear Engineering 2 3 16 21
Nutrition Sciences 2 2
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 50 3 53
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 4 2 1 39 2 49
Pathology/Experimental Pathology 1 1
Philosophy 3 2 1 21 27
Physical Therapy/Therapist 4 1 5
Physics, General 2 1 1 14 1 21
Physiology, General 1 1
Plant Sciences, General 2 24 4 31
Political Science and Government, General 2 6 6 3 118 1 136
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 1 4 5
Psychology, General 8 32 7 4 246 8 310
Public Administration 20 3 1 37 3 64
Public Health, General 3 12 3 5 62 3 92
Public Policy Analysis, General 1 1 2
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 9 5 5 1 228 2 253
Religion/Religious Studies 1 2 1 8 12
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 3 14 1 19
Russian Language and Literature 1 4 6
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1 92 2 97
Social Work 10 3 1 1 108 5 131
Social Work, Other 10 10
Sociology 2 15 1 91 4 115
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 8 2 44 1 57
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 48 1 50
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 11 19 3 4 135 5 177
Statistics, General 17 1 16 1 35
Taxation 2 19 21
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General 1 4 5
Youth Services/Administration 1 1 3

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 454th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $87,388 ($96,127 male / $65,935 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,405 (811 male / 594 female)
Number of PT Faculty 2,731
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $58,949,914

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